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Old 11-09-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Igloo Cooler: 5 gallon to 10 gallon switch?

Ok, so I have a 5 gallon Igloo mash tun (the yellow round one, with the red top) with a false bottom. I thought it would be big enough, but I keep running out of room, so I'm considering stepping up to 10 gallons.

The question: can I use the same conversion hardware in the 10 gallon cooler? I know the false bottom would be smaller in proportion - will it still work? And is the spout hole bigger in the 10 gallon version?

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Old 11-09-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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I just did the same thing...

I went ahead and got pretty much all new hardware for mine. My 5 gallon setup used a 1/2 setup if memory serves. The 10 gallon used a 5/8.

I went with the 10 gallon rubbermaid setup from my local hardware store. This time of year I snagged one for $40! Typically I see them around 65+

My main worry now (and something ill play with this weekend) is that I use the mesh tube method. I dont have a false bottom. I need to find a way to reinforce the tube so the weight of the extra grain doesnt crush my tube.

From what I have read the 10 gallons use a 12" false bottom. Not sure if that helps you any, and I would triple check this lol. Im slammed here at work and just trying to log on for a second

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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If the diameter of the false bottom is different then it won't work the way it is designed. the spigots may be the same if the manufacturer is the same

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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I've got a 10 gallon cooler for my mash tun.
I'm actually thinking of making a 5 gallon one to go with it.
I've already got an old 5 gallon cooler so what the heck.
After you pay for that 10 gallon cooler and a new false bottom, you aren't going to save much money by robbing the remaining hardware off of your old tun so why not keep it also?
I don't think I will use my 5 gallon one much but when the grain bill and water fits in there why not use the one with less empty space.
It should maintain temperature a lot better.

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Old 11-10-2012, 02:36 AM   #5
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I just got this 10gal mash tun from AHB http://www.homebrewing.org/10-Gallon-Converted-Igloo-Cooler-Mash-Tun-With-False-Bottom_p_1006.html Used coupon code SHOPFRND12 to get 10% off. I was going to build one myself but by the time I got just the cooler, decent false bottom and shipping I was nearly the same price without a ball valve bulkhead assy. (plumbing supplies at my hardware store are atrocious.) Granted the stanless ball valve is not as beefy as the one Northern Brewer sells at $35, it is a decent setup and just needs the stainless barb added which I bought from NB. I also installed a Blichmann bremometer and bent some copper tubing into the lid of mine. Before you blow the coin on a commercial grade though, you might want to review a heat test I did and posted here. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/igloo-vs-rubbermaid-thermal-test-361300/

Alternately you could take your ball valve assy, buy a new false bottom from AHB and buy a 10 gal rubbermaid http://www.amazon.com/Igloo-Gallon-Beverage-dispenser-Dispenser/dp/B000F6SHTK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352518478&sr=8-1&keywords=rubbermaid+10+gallon+cooler

Or go with the commercial grade igloo and this is the cheapest I have seen it anywhere. $64 was the cheapest I have seen it before. http://www.amazon.com/Igloo-4101-10gal-Industrial-Cooler/dp/B00002N6SB/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1352518533&sr=1-2&keywords=igloo+10+gallon+cooler

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